London’s glitziest nightclub calls in Shoreditch fried chicken specialists
Mahiki Kensington has appointed Shoreditch’s fried chicken sandwich slingers Butchies to take over its food offering. The A-lister magnet’s menu will include new dishes — allegedly — matched to its tiki stylings, although it’s not entirely clear how a “katsu curry burger” is connected to the Americanisation of Polynesian traditions. Runs 31 January — 30 April, Thursday — Saturday nights. [Hot Dinners]
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All change at Soho’s essential Thai grill
South Indian restaurant with actual Michelin cred to open on Baker Street
Brexit-backing pub group sees profits nosedive, because of Brexit
A pro-Brexit publican once infamously claimed that economists “know fuck all about economics.” Yesterday, that same publican, the Wetherspoons boss Tim Martin, announced that his company’s profits had fallen by 40 percent. Not because of a decline in sales, but an increase in prices. Prices have increased across the U.K. over the last two years, in large part, because of Brexit. There’s a German word for this.
Schism forms over Soho bakery turned chain
London’s food writers are divided: not by octopus terrine, but by patisserie. The collapse into administration and subsequent closure of 70 Patisserie Valerie sites — particularly the Soho original — inspired a mixed response, with Jay Rayner and Thane Prince lamenting its passing and time well spent, and Diana Henry and Marina O’Loughlin offering a more contemporary view.
It wasn’t going to survive with or without Brexit. It was just shit anyway— Diana Henry (@DianaHenryFood) January 23, 2019
Correct. Worst cheesecake on planet, depressing surroundings...— Marina O'Loughlin (@MarinaOLoughlin) January 23, 2019